Cowdenbeath Football Club - Central Park

Central Park, High Street, Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland, KY4 9QQ

Enquiries:

01383 610166

Fax:

01383 512132

Official Website:

www.cowdenbeathfc.com

Nick Name:

The Cowden

Our Impressions of Central Park

The main stand seats 1500 and is divided into old and new sections, with the latter having plastic tip up seats. The front couple of rows are generally unused due to extremely poor viewing conditions.

Central Park is the last remaining ground in Scotland with three sides of open terracing. There is no segregation so feel free to stand wherever you wish. Although it is possible to view the game from behind the goals, very few people do because you are far removed from the field of play.

The catering is standard pie and bovril fare, but cheap nonetheless. Outlets are behind the main stand and at the top of the terracing. Service can be very slow which isn't a problem on the terracing where you can see the pitch but people in the queue behind the stand are often forced to miss the start of the second half. If you fancy a pie, get there early as they often run out.

Floodlighting is the usual third division standard i.e. adequate at best. Anoraks will note that there are 32 bulbs which never all seem to work at the same time. The terracing toilets are rather basic to say the least.

Official club merchandise is available in the portakabin immediately on your right as you enter the ground. The club programme is priced at £1 and has improved considerably over the last few seasons. There is a decent amount of reading material. You may also find the fanzine on sale outside the ground from time to time.

Data supplied by Brian From Cowdendeath FC Web Site - 2nd June 2001

Directions to Central Park

By Road

Central Park is easily located as it sits in the town centre. Enter Cowdenbeath from the dual carriageway (A92) and proceed onto the High Street. After 100 yards there is a sharp turning to the left, this road takes you to the ground. There is a car park outside the ground and a public car park nearby. If you are approaching Cowdenbeath from Perth you may cut off the Motorway at Kelty and follow the local road signs to Cowdenbeath. This journey is about 3 miles and brings you into Cowdenbeath High Street from the other end.

By Rail

Cowdenbeath rail station is only a five minute walk from the ground and is served by regular trains from Edinburgh and Inverkeithing. There is also a limited daytime service from Kirkcaldy. Suitable trains are: Edinburgh (depart 13-20) via Inverkeithing (13-42) to Cowdenbeath (arrive 14-03) Edinburgh (depart 13-50) via Inverkeithing (14-12) to Cowdenbeath (arrive 14-26) Cowdenbeath (depart 16-56) via Inverkeithing (17-13) to Edinburgh (arrive 17-37) Cowdenbeath (depart 17-24) via Inverkeithing (17-40) to Edinburgh (arrive 18-05) Fans travelling to and from the north should change at Inverkeithing. Alternatively, change at Kirckaldy for these services. Kirkcaldy (DEPART 13-29) To Cowdenbeath (ARRIVE 13-56) Cowdenbeath (DEPART 17-50) To Kirkcaldy (ARRIVE 18-21). There is a frequent bus service from Dunfermline (journey time 25 min) and also a slow half hourly service from Kirkcaldy (journey time 50 min).

Local Area around Central Park

Nearest Bookies
There used to be a betting office on the High Street straight across from the ground but it has since closed down. Punters now have to walk 70 yards left or right to either Coral or Ladrbrokes.

Pubs Near Central Park

The Park Bar

This is probably the best place for a pre-match beer. The pub is situated just outside the ground. There are always plenty of fans in here prior to the game. The place is well furnished and the bar staff are friendly. Home made soup is also available for a nominal charge. My only complaint is the limited range of draught beer.

Wee Jimmies

This is a good alternative to the Park Bar. Thie pub is located in the High Street about 100 yards from the ground (left from Central Park) and is often frequented by Cowden fans on a Saturday afternoon.

Partners Bar

Located on the corner just as you turn into the road leading to Central Park.

Club Bar

The club has its own bar within the confines of Central Park at the rear of the stand (a unique arrangement), which we understanding is becoming more popular during the current season (2002-2003). The beer is cheap and the welcome is very friendly

Fast Food Near Central Park

On The High Street

Cowdenbeath is a small town and all the pubs/shops/eating establishments are located on the High Street and are within easy walking distance of one another. Several of the pubs on the High Street serve bar lunches and the prices tend to be reasonable. There are also a couple of fish and chip shops with sit down areas and and various other takeaways. Beer and curry fans can eat their fill at the Indian restaurant which is part of the Crown Hotel. There is a caf close to the ground called Pacers. For fans on a tight budget you can't go far wrong with the local bakeries. There is also a supermarket at the top end of the High Street.

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